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In Honor of Mothers
Some Mothers give us life
Some Mothers give us love
Some Mothers give us care and kindness
Some Mothers give us guidance and knowledge
Some Mothers give us humor and happiness
Some Mothers give us what they can, and do their best
Some Mothers give us to another to give us safety and love
Some Mothers have other titles - like GodMother and GrandMother
Some Mothers do the work, but don't get the title
Some Mothers step in and are our StepMothers
Some Mothers help us by allowing us to have more than one Mother
Some Mothers don't get to be parents, even though they are Mothers
Some Mothers lose their children due to poverty or war or violence
Some Mothers know their limits, and choose not to be the parent
Some Mothers are not given choices or support
Some Mothers go to the ends of the earth to be Mothers
Some Mothers love their children enough to see where they come from
and where they grew
All Mothers are integral to our existence and wellbeing
All Children on the earth have at least one Mother and are celebrating the Mothers
we have lost, loved, gained, and gathered in life
-on this Mothers Day Weekend.
Joyce Maguire Pavao, 2009
Please see the Google Calendar below for exact dates.
Roots & Wings
FAIR's new support group for adoptive parents of kids ages 11-15, will meet the third Wednesday evening of every month at Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, the next meeting will be March 20. (Please let us know if you would like to attend but have a schedule conflict on Wednesdays.)
This group is FREE, though we ask those who become regular participants to join FAIR (annual membership is $30.) It is lead by two experienced adoptive parents and FAIR Board members, Kathy Metz and Anne Hall.
We will share stories and resources, and talk about our successes and challenges. All conversation is confidential and non-judgmental. We hope this group will provide empathy and encouragement, and offer a safe environment to discuss how adoption and past experiences affect our tween/teen's emotional development and behaviors. Equally important, we will talk about self-care and how we nurture ourselves so we can navigate the stormy seas of adolescence.
We look forward to seeing you (dads welcome!) on March 20.
ROOTS & WINGS
Wednesday March 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
Sacred Heart Church: Parish Center, (at back of parking lot on left, near Saratoga Library)
13716 Saratoga Ave (1 mi W of Hwy 85 exit), Saratoga, CA 95070
There is no fee for FAIR’s regular support and networking groups. FAIR membership is highly recommended, however. These are peer groups facilitated by volunteers, who are experienced adoptive parents. The rewards of participation come through sharing and learning more about the common and unique challenges involved in adoptive parenting. Contact the facilitators for information. Join us!
The following events are not planned by FAIR but may be useful for FAIR families.
PACT Family Camp, July 3 - 7, 2013
Visit, PACT’s website for full information: www.pactadopt.org/adoptive/services/education/pact_camp.html
- Help One Child, www.helponechild.org, provides training and support for parents of at-risk children.
- North American Council on Adoptable Children, www.nacac.org, features post-adoption support, articles and publications and an annual conference.